GAMING IS FOR EVERYONE. ESPORTS ISN'T (YET).
Starting with the eternal quest for the Arcade leaderboard, competitive video gaming has witnessed exponential growth culminating in the current day billion dollar esports industry. Gaming is no longer a casual pastime, but a rich and vibrant ecosystem that competitors, broadcasters, coaches, artists and more can now call a career.
Gaming has long drawn in a diverse crowd, with almost half of participants identifying as female and 10% LGBTQIA+. Esports, unfortunately, does not reflect this.
Lack of access to resources & mentorship, gate-keeping, toxic environments and overt harassment have pushed marginalized genders, as well as queer and BIPOC individuals away from the industry.
...but not for long.
ABOUT QUEER WOMEN OF ESPORTS
Queer Women of Esports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making esports a more inclusive and equitable place for the LGBTQIA+ population and marginalized genders. Through advocacy and education, QWE seeks to break down barriers in a traditionally (cisgender and straight) male-dominated industry. By amplifying voices of the LGBTQIA+ population and fostering a more inclusive esports environment, QWE empowers all people to excel in the esports and gaming industry.